I had the pleasure of working with royall&company to shoot and produce a video for their College Mentoring Partnership.
A program I believe in
Royall's college mentoring partnership works with individual, underserved students to give them guidance on how to apply for, get into, and finance college.
Royall partnered with local Richmond groups (LEAP, The Church Hill Academy, and The Boys and Girls Club of Richmond) to bring mentors and mentees together, where the mentors used their expertise in navigating higher education to help give students a fighting chance to go to college.
This is a big deal
Seriously, this is a big deal. Navigating the higher education system is difficult, to say the least... which can be compounded by such complications as not-so-great high schools, households without college graduates, illiterate or non-english-speaking parents, or lack of US citizenship, to name just a few. To have volunteers from a company who's entire business is working with higher education institutions for everything from marketing to enrollment sit down and educate under represented high school students on how to navigate the process is extraordinarily commendable (and altogether too rare)
All men (and women) are created equal...
they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
For a lot of these high schoolers, college represents their only chance at having a legitimate opportunity to pursue happiness. Whether it be students who are undocumented immigrants, or students who's only recourse is to work several jobs to help support their household.. it really is a now or never moment for them.
I care deeply about this topic
And I firmly believe that all children deserve a chance to be happy. I'm not saying you necessarily need a college degree to be happy, but going to college does make happiness much more tenable.
Without further ado
Or preaching on my part, check out the video I put together for Royall, and see for yourself how just a few volunteers can make a big difference in the lives of kids.